The Architecture of Consciousness is a five-year European Research Council (ERC) funded project which aims to develop a model of the structural features of consciousness. The project will focus on the following aspects of consciousness: its subjectivity, its temporality, its unity, its selectivity, and its dimensionality (that is, the relationship between the various levels of consciousness). By developing a model of the structural features of consciousness, the project aims to bridge the gap between raw data on the one hand and a full-blown theory of consciousness on the other. Regular workshops will be held on project themes, details of which will be posted on this site.
The project is directed by Prof. Tim Bayne, and will involve a number of post-doctoral fellows. The first two-doctoral positions will begin in September 2013.
For further information about the project please contact Tim Bayne (email@example.com).
The University of Stirling is offering a number of Postdoctoral Fellowships across its Academic Schools. Fellows will be assigned a senior mentor from their host Academic School who has an excellent personal record on research publication and external funding.
These 2-year research positions offer the opportunity for outstanding early career researchers embarking upon an independent research career.
The Fellowships will provide a fixed-term, research only contract on a salary on the Grade 7 scale (£30,122 – £35,939) and a grant for research expenses of £5,000 per annum.
Candidates will normally hold a doctorate (in exceptional cases, candidates may have submitted their PhD thesis but not yet have undertaken their viva) and will normally have a maximum of six years postdoctoral research experience, whether in a University or industrial setting. The Fellowships are designed to assist Fellows embarking upon an independent research career, with the prospect of transitioning to a lecturing position at the end of the Fellowship (subject to availability of suitable positions and relevant HR processes). During their appointment, Fellows will be expected and supported to secure significant external research funding with which to continue their research programme after the end of their Fellowship. Fellows are expected to:
Proposals are invited from high calibre early career researchers. Prior to submitting an application and proposal you should identify and approach a potential mentor within a School to discuss your research proposal and application. You MUST state your proposed mentor and host School within the cover letter of your application.
For more information see: http://www.stir.ac.uk/impact/fellowships/
A. Neurophilosophy/Philosophy of Mind & Language
The candidate should have a strong interest in relating empirical methods to philosophical questions regarding mind and language. The successful applicant will be expected to investigate these questions among others with EEG methods. Some background in statistics and eventually some affinity to an empirical or mathematical discipline (psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, physics, biology, computer science, mathematics, engineering etc.) would be welcome.
B. Philosophy of Language/Philosophical Semantics
The candidate should have a strong interest in the interface between philosophy of language and linguistics. Some background in logic or formal semantics would be welcome. The candidate should be open to the empirical investigation of language comprehension.
C. Philosophy of Cognition/Epistemology
The candidate should have a strong background in epistemology, logic, the theory of mental representation and/or the theory of reasoning. The successful applicant will be expected to integrate empirical methods and/or computer simulations into the philosophical investigation of cognition.
Each of the three positions will be filled either with a PhD candidate or a postdoc for up to three years.
Depending on qualification the stipendiary fellowship will match the net income of:
50% TV-L E13 position (PhD candidate, approx. 1300€/month),
75% TV-L E13 position (advanced PhD candidate/early postdoc, approx. 1700€/month),
100% TV-L E13 position (postdoc, approx. 2100€/month), respectively.
Applications should specify the name of the position and whether a PhD or postdoc stipendiary fellowship is applied for. They should include a statement of interest (not more than one page), a CV, a list of publications, copies of relevant certificates and diploma, one letter of reference and the names of two further referees.
Applications should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 20, 2012. We regret that we will not be able to return any submitted material and send out negative notifications.
The Ruhr-University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity. We strongly encourage applications from qualified women and persons with disabilities.
University of Oxford
Grade 7: £29,249 – £31,020 per annum
A two-year research and teaching appointment in Philosophy of Psychiatry: Mind, Value, and Mental Health is available for an outstanding academic at an early stage of his or her career. The successful candidate will be expected to take up appointment between 1 September 2012 and 1 January 2013.
Eligible candidates must hold a masters degree and either have completed a PhD or, for candidates in national education systems where the PhD does not apply, be a candidate for the appropriate doctoral examination; be at an early stage of an academic career, and if holding a doctorate have completed it within the past four years (from 1 October 2012), excluding justified career breaks. Candidates who already hold a permanent academic appointment will not be considered.
The successful candidate will be expected to pursue and publish the results of independent research in philosophy of psychiatry broadly conceived; undertake on average 2-3 hours of teaching each week during term time, for the University or a college; and play a pivotal or leading role in Faculty initiatives in the area of philosophy of psychiatry. He or she will be provided with office space in the Humanities Divisional Office in the Radcliffe Infirmary Main Building in the centre of Oxford.
The deadline for receipt of applications and references (which should be submitted by email to the address above) is 12noon on Monday 19 March 2012.
with the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology
Faculty of Philosophy
The Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford Martin School
University of Oxford
Grade 7: £29,099 – £39,107 per annum
Protocol reference number: HUM/11042F/E
Applications are invited for a fixed-term, three-year Research Fellowship within the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, an interdisciplinary programme within the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University.
The Programme, directed by Professor Nick Bostrom, analyzes possibilities related to long-range technological change and potential social impacts of future transformative technologies. Research foci include the future of computing and machine intelligence, existential risks, predictive and evaluative uncertainty, and related philosophical issues. The postholder will research topics related to the long-term future of machine intelligence, focusing on impacts, risks, current technical developments and foundational issues. The post does not involve developing specific AI applications. Possible backgrounds include (but are not restricted to) computer science, mathematics, or philosophy. For further particulars and application details, please see: http://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/get_involved/future_tech_vacancies/futuretech or contact: email@example.com.
The deadline for applications is Monday 27th February
University of Oxford
Faculty of Philosophy
The Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford Martin School
Protocol Reference Number: HUM/1014F/E
Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Fellowship within the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. The post is fixed-term for the period 30 January 2012 (or as soon as possible thereafter) to 30 September 2012.
The Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) is a unique multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford, and is directed by Professor Nick Bostrom. The Institute’s mission is to bring excellent scholarship to bear on big-picture questions for humanity. The FHI is part of the Oxford Martin School, and is hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy.
The Institute’s work centres on developments that may affect the human condition in fundamental ways – and how we can better understand, evaluate, and respond to radical change. The postholder will conduct independent and collaborative research related to artificial intelligences and other cognitive systems, machine intelligence, superintelligence, and other associated topics. Further particulars are available from the FHI website (http://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk) or by emailing Nailya.Nikitenko@philosophy.ox.ac.uk.
The deadline for applications is noon (UK time) on Monday 23 January 2012.
Anyone looking, or temptable to be on, the job market might be interested in the following fellowships (they may not be aware of them since these may not appear in Jobs for Philosophers)…
They are a pretty amazing deal: 5 years of research time with a permanent lectureship at the end.
One of the areas that they are looking to hire is cognitive science, including philosophy of cognitive science: http://www.docs.csg.ed.ac.uk/HumanResources/Strategic_areas_for_appointment.doc
Humanities and Social Science
University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh, a global top 20 University located in one of the world’s fine cities, is making a major investment in the future of its academic staff with the appointment of prestigious tenure-track Fellowships across all disciplines. These 5-year Fellowships are intended to support outstanding candidates at the start of their independent academic career. Up to 100 positions are available.
A Chancellor’s Fellow will already show the ability to conduct world-leading research and exhibit clear potential to become an international leader in their discipline. The Fellow will be able to concentrate on research in the first instance, acquiring the full duties of University Lecturer across the period of the Fellowship. Subject to satisfactory review at the end of 3 years, the Fellow will move to an open contract on the University academic staff.
Appointment will normally be made on the Lecturer scale (£36,862 – £44,016), dependent on experience, and in exceptional circumstances a more senior appointment may be made. Some positions are available with immediate effect and it is expected that successful applicants will be in post from August 2012.
Applications containing a detailed CV and a 1-page outline of a proposed research programme should be made online at www.jobs.ed.ac.uk to meet one of the closing dates below. General advice may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and specific details may be obtained from the appropriate Head of School.
Salary Scale: £36,862 – £44,016
Please quote vacancy reference: 3015150JW
Closing dates: 16 January, 29 February and 16 April 2012
The Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (SCAS) invites applications for a position as
Postdoc (80%) for 2 years in the area of Emotions, Language and Culture
Description: The successful applicant will be responsible for the interdisciplinary research focus on Emotions, Language and Culture, in particular the interdisciplinary study of emotion words and emotion concepts across cultures and through historical periods within the realm of the National Center of Competence in Research “Affective Sciences”.
This includes: a) Encouraging communication of researchers from different disciplines inside and outside the NCCR who might be interested in the role of language and culture in the study of emotion by organizing colloquia/workshops, b) initiating publications on the topics covered by the focus from a multidisciplinary perspective, and c) high-level disciplinary research activity related to the topic of the focus, including submitting applications for external funding.
The applicant should a) be interested in conducting research on the way emotion concepts are coded in language and how they vary across cultures and historical periods, b) possess an openness towards different disciplinary approaches and research methods, and c) be motivated to excel in his/her specific research discipline. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to collaborate internationally and to present the research results at international conferences.
Requirements: Candidates must: hold a PhD; have good knowledge of the relevant literature in their discipline; have at least a basic knowledge of linguistic methods and concepts, with an emphasis on semantics/semiotics; have an interest and the necessary personality to do interdisciplinary work; have good knowledge of English and French; be able to coordinate and collaborate with a large group of people (soft skills). Preference will be given to scholars with confirmed research experience on emotion in linguistics (cognitive/ historical/ anthropological), anthropology, classics, or other disciplines directly involved in the study of language.
Start: Review of applications will begin on February 15th, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Start date as soon as possible (to be agreed with the candidate).
Application: Candidates must send their applications (letter of interest, CV, and 2 letters of recommendation) by email to: Daniela.Sauge@unige.ch.
Visual Embodiment Project (CIN 2011-16) at the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Tuebingen (Germany)
1,365€-1,416€ per month (tax free fellowship)
November 30, 2011
The Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) is an interdisciplinary institution at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, funded by the German Excellence Initiative programme. The CIN strives to advance our understanding of the mind/brain by studying how the brain generates and sustains mental functions and how brain diseases impair these functions.
As part of its integrative approach to studying the mind/brain, the CIN offers a postdoctoral research fellowship for promising researchers in the field of philosophy of psychology and neuroscience. The candidate should either be a philosopher with a strong background in philosophy of mind/psychology/ neuroscience and a track record of interacting with empirical work in cognitive science, or a cognitive scientist with a strong track record of interacting with philosophy. Candidates should have a PhD or be very close to completing a PhD by the time of appointment.
The successful candidate will be a member of the CIN’s Philosophy of Neuroscience (PONS) group, led by Dr. Hong Yu Wong, and will be a postdoctoral research fellow on the visual embodiment project (CIN 2011-16) that the PONS Group is embarking on in collaboration with the Perception and Action in Virtual Environments Group at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen (Dr. Betty Mohler, Dr. Sally Linkenauger, and Prof Heinrich H. Buelthoff). More details of the Project can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/whywong/collaborators
The postdoctoral fellow will do research on the philosophical foundations of body perception, investigating such questions as how embodiment structures perception and action. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop an independent line on body perception, and contribute to a new conceptual framework within which we can understand notions such as embodiment, the sense of body ownership, and the sense of agency and control. These philosophical investigations are expected to lead to implementation and experimental testing of ideas with our collaborators at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen. As the MPI Biological Cybernetics is among the foremost virtual reality laboratories in the world, this collaboration will provide opportunities for us to probe theoretical claims in virtual reality in ways which cannot be physically implemented. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will co-ordinate the research activities associated with the Tuebingen Body Perception Forum, a Forum set up to consolidate body perception research in the Tuebingen area.
The duration of the position is for 2 years provisional on the renewal of the CIN Excellence Cluster for a second funding period after October 2012. The working language of the CIN is English. The candidate will be provided with opportunities to contribute to graduate teaching at the CIN Graduate Training Centre and the university faculties associated with the CIN. If desired, the university will provide opportunities to do a German “Habilitation” (second book) according to established rules. The planned start date of the position is January 1, 2012. Earlier or later start dates are negotiable.
According to German law, severely disabled persons with equal occupational aptitude will be given preferential consideration.
The University of Tuebingen strives to promote equal opportunities in science and is committed to increasing the percentage of females in teaching and research. Qualified female candidates are thus strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, one sample of their philosophical writing (not to exceed 10,000 words), a one page statement relating their research to the aims of the visual embodiment project, and two reference letters. Candidates should request their referees to email Dr. Wong directly with their reference letters by the deadline. All documents should be submitted electronically (pdf) to the Group Leader of the Philosophy of Neuroscience Group, Dr. Hong Yu Wong, at email@example.com. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2011. Inquiries about the post should be directed to Dr. Wong.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to work with the PONS group in Tuebingen for a trial period during December 5-9, 2011.
For further information on the CIN and the Philosophy of Neuroscience Group
The University of Glasgow has a vacancy for a postdoc to participate in our project, The Nature of Pain: Hedonic Tone, Motivation, and Non-Human Animals.
The project is based in the Philosophy Department (School of Humanities).
Its PIs are:
Running from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2013, this interdisciplinary project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, will involve three workshops, a final conference, and various research outputs. The wider team includes philosophers, psychologists, neuro- and veterinary scientists. The post is full-time and the post holder will (i) help administer the project, in particular playing a central role in organising the workshops and conference; (ii) conduct his or her own research on the project’s themes; and (iii) undertake a small amount of undergraduate teaching in philosophy.
Closing date for applications: 25 November 2011.
Informal enquiries may be directed to either of the PIs.
NB. Although the job description refers to a research assistant, the post holder’s roles will include research and teaching, not merely administration.